US Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller speaks during a discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, January 25, 2018. Photo: AFP/Saul Loeb

US Marine Corps Commander General Robert Neller said on Thursday in Washington, D.C. that the US military must be psychologically prepared for a war with North Korea.

“It will be a very, very kinetic, physical, violent fight over some really, really tough ground, and everybody is going to have to be mentally prepared,” Neller said, according to CNN.

“When they train, they have to keep in the back of their mind, they have to be [ready] physically, mentally, and always their spirit has to be steeled and ready for serious conflict that’s going to test them beyond anything they have ever done in their lives, that was my only intent. And I’ll say that as long as I’m in this office because that’s my job,” Neller added.

Neller said a war on the Korean peninsula would be an extremely bloody affair and wouldn’t involve “just a bunch of things flying around.”

But the Marine Corps commandant said of such a hypothetical conflict: “I wasn’t saying it’s going to happen. I hope it doesn’t happen, I don’t want it to happen.”

Neller reportedly made the comments at a Maritime Security Dialogue event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the US Naval Institute.

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